Contour – Opression

March 18th, 2016 by

When we select our twenty Faces of each year, we’re very keen that the relationship lasts way beyond January. So it’s with great pleasure that we bring you this new track by electro warriors Contour (photographed for State by Olga Kuzmenko). Explaining the background to the song, the band say it is about “how all […]


Come On Live Long – For The Birds

March 14th, 2016 by

One of the great joys of State is watching acts develop from their early roots in to something quite amazing. Come On Live Long have been on our radar since 2011, when they played our Midnight Mass, and went onto to be one of our Faces of the following year. It’s been slow progress since […]


Conor Walsh RIP

March 12th, 2016 by

Today brings the terribly sad news that experimental composer and musician Conor Walsh has passed away suddenly. One of our Faces of 2015, Conor was an artist who was just coming into his own – notably on his debut EP The Front, released just a few months ago. Our thoughts are with his family and […]


State Faces of March details

March 2nd, 2016 by

Now firmly settled into our new home upstairs in Whelan’s, our Faces live series returns next Friday 11th for the March edition. It’s a truly national affair, with Dublin, Cork and Donegal all represented in the form of Beach, Slow Motion Heroes and Tuath (pictured above by Kieran Frost) respectively. Get on the free list […]


Tebi Rex

February 22nd, 2016 by

Describing themselves as a delightful duo, Tebi Rex came together when they did battle in a college music competition. Not letting the victory of one over the other get in the way, the Maynooth based pair have come together to create music that mixes dark hip-hop and RnB with a sweet male vocal. We’re liking […]


Slow Skies – Winter Night

February 22nd, 2016 by

While the summer’s adventures remain tantalisingly around the corner, there’s still room for some music suitable for the dark, cold nights and who better to provide it than slow skies. As you might expect, ‘Winter Night’ is a lovely affair – sparse, piano driven and topped off by a gorgeous vocal from Karen Sheridan. The […]


Beach – Donuts

February 22nd, 2016 by

Long time State favourites, Dubliners Beach are back in action after the tail end of 2015 ‘Arabia’ release with a new single. ‘Donuts’ will be available from March 25th and sees the five piece push their already fairly expanded boundaries even further – adding new, noticeably more noisy, elements. Experience it live on March 11th, […]


Update: Bruce Springsteen second Croke Park date sells out

February 11th, 2016 by

After last year’s gig rumours proved to be wide of the mark, we’re delighted to say that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will be visiting us on their current tour – revisiting the classic album The River. They play Croke Park (their first time at the stadium) on Friday May 27th, with tickets […]


September Girls – Love No-One

February 8th, 2016 by

When they played our State Midnight Mass at Christmas we predicted big things for September Girls in 2016 and now the band have taken their first steps on that path with the release of a video for their new single, the primary taste of forthcoming second album Age of Indignation (due in April). Directed by […]


Beyoncé for Croke Park

February 8th, 2016 by

The summer’s live music activities at GAA HQ are starting to shape up, with a second major announcement to follow last week’s Bruce Springsteen news. Fresh from her Super Bowl appearance with Coldplay last night, Beyoncé will bring her Formation world tour to the Dublin stadium on July 9th. Tickets go on sale on Monday […]


Beauty Sleep

February 5th, 2016 by

Another day, another Belfast band to set the pulses racing. Beauty Sleep have previous form, not only featuring Aimee Williamson but two members of official State faves The Wonder Villains – Ryan McGroarty and Cheylene Murphy (also to be found playing in Bee Mick See’s live band and Pleasure Beach). Debut single ‘The Dark’ is […]


Elm – Amends (Daithí mix)

February 5th, 2016 by

They’re not obvious musical bedfellows are Elm and Daithí – one band who make delicate, elegant pop and one a dabbler in dance floor bangers – but their collaboration on a version of the former’s latest single sounds like the most natural thing in the world.


State’s Faces of February show details

February 3rd, 2016 by

Following the splendid weekend that was Whelan’s Ones To Watch and our Faces of 2016 launch last month, we’re back in the Wexford Street next week for the first of our monthly shows. Two of our guests – AE Mak and Katie Laffan – were part of that list of twenty for the year ahead […]


Wyvern Lingo – Letter To Willow

January 28th, 2016 by

Wyvern Lingo’s new single has been lodged in our subconscious for a couple of weeks now, a sure fire indication that their side step into bright and breezy pop music has been a success. Now we’re humming it all over again after watching the video, a single shot excursion directed by Simon Eustace – complete […]